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Positive Theology
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[German Version]

The term positive theology refers to an influential theological movement in the Protestant churches of Germany, especially in Prussia, between 1870 and 1918. It was symptomatic of a crisis in church politics and culture. Its representatives included M. Kähler, H. Cremer, A. Schlatter, R. Seeberg, W. Lütgert, E. Schaeder, C. Stange, and K. Heim. The name was modeled on the Positive Union, the majority political party in the churches of the Old Prussian Union (after 1875). To speak of an antithesis between positive theology and liberal theolo…

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Assel, Heinrich, “Positive Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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